A Human Movement
Friday, June 10, 2005
Regarding computer file sharing and privacy, I have a simple question.

What constitutes friendship?

If I meet a person and chat with them about music and share a recording, why is it legal to do so via a CD-R or cassette tape, but not via a file sharing client software (such as SLSK.) It seems that those people who are opposed to file sharing, groups such as the RIAA, are not actually opposed to the sharing of music, as much as they are opposed to modern ideas of what consitutes friendship.

I guess this is sort of like the Betamax thing where the court said it is safe to share music P2P because it is no different then taping movies. But really on another level it seems that those forces who are opposed to file sharing are actually opposed to friendship, and the widening of social networks along electronic lines.
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